The Nymph Trinity III: Hares Ear
The origins of this nymph are storied to go back to the 1800’s and earlier. Some say the 1600s. Whatever the original, there’s a reason this mayfly imitation is in my Holy Trinity of Nymphs. It catches fish. Like the pheasant tail, the fly gets its name from the material used to tie it.
I think one of the things I like most about this pattern is its versatility. Blue winged olives, check. Mahoganies…..check. Hex…you betcha. Believe it or not, I actually slow retrieved this fly in a kayak pond fishing for panfish and hooked up!
The pattern is super buggy and the color scheme represents many of the natural food items available to fish. Another plus to its versatility it can be used close to all year round. This fly falls into the debate of “If I only had one fly in my box”. It’s really that versatile. Originally tan in color with a gold wrap, the olive pattern is super productive as well and has quickly turn into one of my favorites.
You fish it just like any other mayfly nymph in most cases (save being a nut in a kayak thinking it’s a streamer). It works best as your trailing fly. I almost never use it as my point fly. I’m sure others have, I just haven’t. That’s it for now my fishy friends. Remember, we have only one beautiful earth. Take care of her. Pack it in, Pack it OUT
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags